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Kellogg Foundation giving $51M to public schools in hometown

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced Friday that it's giving $51 million over five years to the public schools in its southwestern Michigan hometown of Battle Creek, in the hopes of tackling low academic performance that has been linked to longstanding racial inequality and segregation.

The grant, among the largest to a single, public K-12 school system, comes as President Donald Trump is pressing for more federal funding for students to attend public, charter or private schools. Leading the charge on school choice is Education Secretary and area native Betsy DeVos.

Kellogg's grant will be put toward hiring early literacy support staff in Battle Creek public schools,...